As the calendar year ends, the university that I work for does its employee evaluations and mine is coming up this week. During our department meeting today, my supervisor said, “Your evaluation isn’t an evaluation of you. It’s an evaluation of us.” He wants to tell us what he expects of us and, in turn, he would like for us to tell him what he can do to make us stronger. There is so much right with that philosophy and so much wrong with the “This evaluation is about how badly you’re *insert verb of your boss’s choice*ing up” one. If you’re in a managerial position, you should think about adopting this method. It allows both parties to take ownership and grow. Or you could remain stagnant and lose out on quality malleable employees. The choice is yours.
Make professional development a priority.